AC Milan midfielder Sandro Tonali has joined the crowd of people who are angry at the referee’s decision to award Atletico Madrid a late penalty.
It would be fair to say that Milan fans will not be queueing up to buy Cüneyt Çakır a drink any time soon, as the referee was the centre of attention for two hugely controversial calls that ultimately determined the outcome of the game.
The first was the decision to award Franck Kessie two yellow cards in the first half and send him off when the second looked soft in comparison to some of the other challenges being made, and the second was a 93rd minute penalty call.
Pierre Kalulu was the culprit in stoppage time as he handled the ball in the penalty box as per Cakir, who pointed to the spot and Milan were immediately outraged. When we saw the replays, the reason behind that was clear.
At the end of the match, Tonali spoke to SportMediaset and was asked about the penalty incident in particular, claiming to have seen it close enough to determine the obvious sequence of events.
“I was on the line and I saw Lemar’s touch first. At first glance, I think Lemar’s touch was before Kalulu’s, I want to see it again on TV. It has gone this way, we can’t go back,” he said (via MilanNews).